Little Zack Riordan was just two years old when he was diagnosed with type one diabetes but that hasn’t stopped him living life to the full.
Now, more than three years on, the six-year-old St John Vianney pupil has undergone a staggering 14,000 injections to help keep his insulin levels stable.
His mum, Kellie, 33, told of her pride at Zach’s toughness, describing him as her “little star”.
“It was really hard at the beginning,” said Kellie, of Rossington Gardens in Sutton Heath.
“We were heartbroken and confused and Zach had to get used to having six injections a day - it was a very worrying time. Now though, he doesn’t even blink.
“His teachers have been fantastic too. They’ve all done the training and give him his injection at lunch time and check him before his afternoon snack.
“But, even then, he can still go hypo (hypoglycemic) at any point. Typically, he starts to go a bit pale, sweaty and shaky. But it’s something we’ve all learnt to manage. I never thought I’d be able to say that.”
At 1pm this Sunday (September 8), in honour of his family’s ongoing £4,000-plus fundraising efforts for Diabetes UK, Zach is set to start the annual Walk For Diabetes in Sherdley Park.
It will be the fourth year in a row that Zach and his family have taken on the sponsored 1.5m walk.
To sponsor Zach and his team, go online at: www.justgiving.com/Kellie-Riordan3
Meanwhile Kellie, who has to weigh all of Zach’s food to ensure he gets a perfectly balanced diet and check up on him during the night, now also runs a diabetes support group aimed at helping the families of youngsters with type one diabetes.
Families with children with diabetes can e-mail the Diabetes UK Widnes and St Helens Children Group at: firstname.lastname@example.org